Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 20: Outdoor Adventures in Jenner

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 4:49 AM

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The Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods are packing three different outings along the Sonoma Coast in one day. First, North Bay naturalist Lisa Hug leads a “Birding on  the Coast” session, where you can view and learn about our avian friends. Next, kayakers of all skill levels are invited to join Suki Waters, owner of Watertreks Eco-Tours, for “Wildlife Viewing by Kayak.” You can bring your own craft if you want, but you’ve got to pre-register to get on the list. Finally, the stewards hold their second seal-watch volunteer training for anyone interested joining the crew. Saturday, May 20, at Jenner Visitor Center, 10439 Hwy. 1, Jenner. 8am, 9am and 1pm. Prices vary. stewardscr.org.
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May 20: Outdoor Views in Napa

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 4:46 AM

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The lush meadows with their sweeping views that surround the di Rosa art refuge in west Napa are at peak greenery right now, and the center is offering a special guided Art & Nature Hike through them this weekend. This three-mile walk not only shows off di Rosa’s 200-plus acres of land, including an ascent to Milliken Peak, the highest summit in the Carneros region, it also meanders through the art center’s Sculpture Meadow, filled with dozens of art pieces to feast your eyes on. Advance tickets are required, so sign up now to get in on the hike, happening Saturday, May 20, at di Rosa, 5200 Sonoma Hwy., Napa. 10am. 707.226.5991.
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May 21: Outdoor Theatrics in Mill Valley

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 4:44 AM

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For over a hundred years (104 to be exact), the Mountain Play has offered the most stunning outdoor theater experience of the summer, staging professionally produced shows under the canopy of redwoods that encircle Mount Tamalpias. This year, the always family-friendly event takes a page from the book of Disney, and presents the musical Beauty and the Beast as it was seen in the ’90s animated film and the new live-action adaptation. Beyond the theatrics, activities like face painting, raffles and post-show entertainment make for a day of fun every Sunday, May 21 to June 18, at the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, 3801 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. Gates open at 9am; show is at 2pm. $20–$40.
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May 21: Outdoor History in Glen Ellen

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 4:41 AM

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Back in the day, the work done in the fields and on the ranches of the North Bay was horse-powered, literally. This weekend, the North Coast Draft Horse and Mule Association hosts its annual Plowing Day at the former home of Jack London to give visitors an insight into the history and experience of farming in the 1800s. The family event includes plowing demonstrations and free wagon rides around London’s ranch, and features an array of horses on hand. Blacksmithing, horseshoeing and other throwback practices will also come alive on Sunday, May 21, at Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. 10am. Free admission; $10 per vehicle parking. 707.938.5216.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 12: Throwback Horror in Cloverdale

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 4:41 AM

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When the original ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ was released in 1956, America was a country of sock-hops, soda jerks and drive-in movies. Now, more than 60 years later, Body Snatchers remains one of the most memorable horror films to come out of the era of McCarthy and the Cold War, and the term “Pod People” still generates shivers down the backs of those who saw it. This week, the film lovers at Alexander Valley Film Society are dialing the clock back and presenting the film in true 1950s fashion, with a drive-in screening of the movie on Friday, May 12, at the Citrus Fairgrounds, 1 Citrus Drive, Cloverdale. Gates open at 6:30pm. $15–$60. avfilmsociety.org.
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May 12-13: Space Mom in Yountville & St. Helena

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 4:37 AM

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Chemist, physician and former NASA astronaut Anna Lee Fisher became the first mom in space when she flew aboard Discovery in 1984. Her highly decorated career has inspired generations, and her empowering stories have made her a popular figure at events around the country. This week, Fisher is in the Napa Valley for a pair of appearances. First, she’ll be in conversation with her daughter, Emmy-winning newswoman Kristin Fisher, on Friday. Then, she appears at a screening and panel discussion of the film Hidden Figures on Saturday. Catch Fisher on May 12 at 7pm at the Napa Valley Museum (55 Presidents Circle, Yountville; $10–$20; 707.944.0500) and on May 13 at 2pm at Cameo Cinemas (1340 main St.,
St. Helena; $8–$15; 707.963.9779).
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May 13: Home-style Helping in Rio Nido

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 4:33 AM

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The Clean River Alliance is all about talking trash—in the Russian River, that is. After seeing the flow of garbage that heads out into the ocean after heavy rains, founder Chris Bokate developed the alliance to remove trash from the lower Russian River and prevent it from devastating the local environment. This week, the Clean River Alliance is raising funds with an old-fashioned spaghetti cook-off that features family fun and lots of food. Vote for your favorite sauces, dance to the tunes of Midnight Sun, enter to win door prizes, bid on silent auctions and sign up to help the alliance on Saturday, May 13, at the Rio Nido Roadhouse, 14540 Canyon Two Road, Rio Nido. 4pm. $10–$20. cleanriveralliance.org.
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May 13: Amazing Inks in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 4:31 AM

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Graphic designer Curt Barnickel is a collector and creator of screen-printed works of art, and his eye for exceptional pieces is on display at his new Agent Ink Gallery in downtown Santa Rosa. Featuring limited-run posters and apparel, Agent Ink’s walls are adorned with works by some of the best poster artists and screen printers from around the world. This week, Agent Ink officially unveils its eclectic collection with a grand opening that lets you feast your eyes on new releases by several famed West Coast artists. Food, beer, wine and live music will also be on hand for the party on Saturday, May 13, at Agent Ink Gallery, 531 Fifth St., Santa Rosa. 6pm. Free admission. agentinkgallery.com.
—Charlie Swanson
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 5: Artful Aging in Santa Rosa

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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The 19 women featured in the new photography exhibit ‘Aging with Attitude, Fearless Fashion at 60+’ all come from different backgrounds and professions, and have more in common than simply being over 60 years old. They are all also brightly, confidently styled in one-of-a-kind clothes that they personally collected from lifetimes of consignment shopping. Captured by John Martin, this collection of portraits highlight their colorful clothing and flea-market treasures with strong poses and dynamic focus. The fearless exhibit opens on Friday, May 5, at Christie Marks Fine Art Gallery, 312 South A St., Ste. 7, Santa Rosa. 5pm. 707.695.1011.
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May 6: Shared Strength in Napa

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 3:56 AM

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One in five people will deal with, or know someone dealing with, a diagnosable mental illness in any given year, though our society still struggles to openly talk about the subject. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Leadership Napa Valley and Mentis: Napa’s Center for Mental Health Services host This Is My Brave Napa Valley, to encourage dialogue through storytelling and performance. The event includes essays, comedy, poetry and music from individuals, and those closest to them, living with mental illness, and demonstrates the power of human connection and compassion on Saturday, May 6, at Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy., Napa. 4pm. $20; $100 VIP. thisismybrave.org.
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